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Dernbach takes final wicket as England seal Twenty20 series win over Pakistan

Peerless Pietersen sets up series victory

England 129-6 Pakistan 124-6 (England win by five runs)

Andrew Strauss endured a 3-0 Test series thrashing by Pakistan

After topsy-turvy tour Strauss faces an acid test in Sri Lanka

England flopped in Tests despite their No 1 ranking and swept a one-day series Pakistan were expected to win. Questions remain for captain and squad

Pietersen hit an unbeaten 62

Imperious Pietersen earns England series win

Kevin Pietersen's continued good form helped England to a thrilling five-run victory and 2-1 Twenty20 series success over Pakistan to conclude their tough tour of the United Arab Emirates tonight.

England's women celebrate

England women seal whitewash

England Women wrapped up a 4-0 series triumph after winning their final Twenty20 match against New Zealand by five wickets in Invercargill. New Zealand made 109 for six, Anya Shrubsole and Georgia Elwiss taking two wickets each. England reached their target with seven balls to spare for a whitewash of the completed matches – Saturday's fourth rubber was washed out.

Match-winner Jonny Bairstow hits one of his two sixes on his way to a maiden England half-century

Bairstow belts England best to level series

Yorkshireman's composed knock leaves Pakistan with too much to do despite Afridi's late flurry

Jonny Bairstow stars as England level series

Jonny Bairstow's maiden international half-century carried England to a series-levelling 38-run win in tonight's second Twenty20 match against Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

England spinner Graeme Swann relaxes in Dubai yesterday

England look for the power and the glory

Advice about power hitting in tight situations was in greater supply yesterday than bail-out funds to Greece.

Graeme Swann in action against Pakistan

England prepare Twenty20 comeback against Pakistan

England were today digesting the disappointment of their opening defeat in the three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan, and planning already how they can come back to win 2-1.

Brilliant bowling at the end from Umar Gul accounted for England

Gul's lethal death bowling squeezes life out of England

At long last, the Dubai International Cricket Stadium was almost full and rocking. Twenty20 was back in town last night: a crazy game for a crazy place.

England take on Pakistan in the first Twenty20 match of the series

Gul gives Pakistan the lead

England succumbed to Umar Gul in tonight's eight-run defeat, as Graeme Swann's career-best bowling again proved in vain against Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Steve Finn celebrates capturing the wicket of Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez on Saturday

Finn spearheads formidable attack

Kevin Pietersen drew most of the plaudits on Saturday, his unbeaten 111 instrumental in steering England to a series victory with a match remaining. It was the his first limited-overs century in more than three years, but his feats should not be allowed to divert attention from the magnificent quality of England's bowling.

Vitali Klitschko takes a break from training in the Tyrol; 'The training camp for me is like a vacation,' he says

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Ukrainian faces 10th defence of his heavyweight crown against Britain's Chisora but these days his mind is more on fighting for democracy in his homeland

Michael Clarke made an unbeaten 329

Michael Clarke makes history as Australia take complete charge against India

Australia captain Michael Clarke made history at the SCG to leave India fighting to avoid defeat in the second Test.

Pattinson impressed with the ball for Australia

Australia take charge against India in second Test

An unbeaten 79-run stand between Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting left Australia in a strong position after their in-form pace attack skittled India for 191 on a dramatic opening day at the SCG.

Andrew Strauss during day one of the Fourth Test match between England and India at the Oval on 18 August

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